Our public schools begin classes on Sept. 6. For hundreds of our students who are homeless, and the thousands who receive free and reduced price lunches, having the essentials like a school backpack, crayons or a calculator may be unaffordable luxuries for their families.
There’s still time to help with a donation of a backpack, supplies or money.
Last year, Collect for Kids helped 34,125 students at Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) begin the school year with new supplies. Collect for Kids is a partnership of Fairfax County Public Schools with the Office of Public Private Partnerships and county agencies including the Fire and Rescue Department and the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, as well as nonprofits working with our Office to Prevent and End Homelessness.
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The county’s Department of Family Services’ Children, Youth and Families Division is also collecting school supplies for their clients in need. They will provide you with the age and grade of a child, along with a list of needed supplies and additional information. If you are interested, let them know how many backpacks you can fill! Email Alexandra Stewart or call 703-324-7871 (TTY 711).